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Dodge Defenders for a Clear Shot on Goal!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dodging is an essential skill for any lacrosse player that wants to become a force on the attack. Scott Tucker, head women’s coach at Limestone College, shows you a drill he teaches his players to help them work on dodging when nearing the goal, then firing an accurate shot.

Dodging Drill

Drill Summary: Set up a pair of cones about 10 yards in front of the net on one side. Every rep needs three players. Start with one player in the middle of the field, one player on the right side, and one player on the left side all 20 yards in front of the goal. The player in the middle starts with the ball, passes to the player on the weak side and cuts through in front of the net. The weak side player then throws a skip pass to the player on the far side, then pinches down to draw in their defender. Finally, the last player catches the ball, attacks the cones, executes a setup move on the cones (which are simulating a defender), then attack the middle and shoot. Coach Tucker recommends using small goals within the goal to give players a better target to aim at.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Use a setup move and attack the defender’s top foot.
2) Get to the middle of the field.
3) Make the skip pass, then pinch.
4) Hit targets on the shot (lower posts).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Sets, Motion and Plays.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn to Handle Pressure and Score on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Limestone College head coach, J.B. Clarke, shows you a 2-on-2 drill that can help players get more comfortable finding the open man and passing out of a double team. Exercises like this one have helped develop Limestone into a D-II powerhouse on their way to back-to-back national championships.

2-on-2

Drill Summary: Split into groups of four players (two players with one color jersey, two with another color). Start 15 yards away on the goal line extended, with a goalie in the net. Roll a ball into the field of play. Both teams fight for control of the ball. Once one team controls the ball, they become the offense and the other team is on defense. The defense’s job is to double team the player that gets the ball initially. The offense’s job is to pass out of the double team and score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Control the ground ball.
2) Double team the ball on defense.
3) Handle pressure and pass out of the double team on offense.
4) Score the ball.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Practice with JB Clarke.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Take Advantage of Numbers on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Don Zimmerman, UMBC head coach and three-time national champion, runs players through the “implosion drill” to refine attacking and defending skills. On offense, players work on passing and cutting to get an open shot, and on defense, athletes improve rotations and communication.

Implosion Drill

Drill Summary: This is a 4-on-3 drill. Divide into two teams in different color jerseys and determine which team is on offense and which is on defense. Set up with four lines of offensive players in four corners of an open square (about 20×20 yards) in front of the net, and three lines of defensive players around the square (one on each side of the goal, and one 20 yards in front of it). To begin, the coach rolls a ball in play. If the offense controls the ball, they must work together to try to score it. If the defense controls the ball, they must stay low and get the ball out of the drill. As a progression, start players further away from the goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Stay low when clearing.
2) Defense stays in a triangle when defending.
3) Ball movement on offense.
4) Communication.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental and Competitive Drills for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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